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House FY 2017 L-HHS subcommittee Mark Up

Thursday, July 7, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Whitney Lingafelter
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This morning, the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (L-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 L-HHS Appropriations Bill. The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the measure next week. Key information, specifically recommendations and guidance from the Committee Report accompanying the bill, will not be available until the full Committee approves the measure.

The text of the bill, including some funding levels, has been released (please see the attached document in this regard). These levels are subject to change pending full Committee consideration. Presently though, it appears the House measure will be less generous to medical research and public health programs than the Senate’s FY 2017 L-HHS Appropriations Bill. A summary of key funding items is included below:

 

·$33.3 billion for the National Institutes of Health, an increase of $1.25 billion over FY 2016. This increase includes:

                                o $195 million for the BRAIN Initiative.

                                o $300 million for the Precision Medicine Initiative.

 ·$7.8 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of $605 million over FY 2016. This allocation includes:

                                o $390 million for Zika virus activities.

                                o $300 million for an infectious disease rapid response fund.

                                o $90 million to combat prescription drug abuse.

 ·$4.2 billion for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an increase of $431 million over FY 2016. This allocation includes:

                                o $581 million to combat opioid and heroin abuse.

                                o Prohibits funding for needle exchange programs.

·$6.1 billion for the Health Resources and Services Administration, a decrease of $218 million from FY 2016.

·$280 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a decrease of $54 million from FY 2016.

To see the text of the bill, please click here.